Although corn­rows have ancient roots in black cul­ture, they are still not com­mon­ly seen as a ‘fin­ished’ look on black wom­en. Tara­ji P. Hen­son cer­tain­ly didn’t view them that way when she showed up for a CR Fash­ion Book shoot. Her plan was to wear a wig over her intri­cate pro­tec­tive corn­row style, but the pho­tog­ra­pher thought oth­er­wise.

I wear wigs a lot, espe­cial­ly for pho­to shoots. I have this girl Kendra who braids my hair. She braids so intri­cate­ly, so beau­ti­ful­ly. So I’m try­ing on the clothes and the silk scarf I have on my head slips off, and I say, “Hey, look at my corn­rows, aren’t they beau­ti­ful?” Bruce Weber is stand­ing there and he goes, “We’ll shoot that.” And I go,“What? We’ll shoot what?” And he says, “We’ll shoot your hair just like that, it’s beau­ti­ful.” And part of me was like, No, no, no, NO! This is the hair no one is sup­posed to see. This is like behind-closed-doors hair. I feel naked. I feel like a plucked chicken…or a wet one. A baby chick­en! But Bruce says to me, “It’s not about the hair, it’s your face.” So I just decid­ed to trust the artist’s vision. As an actress that’s what we do. We are vul­ner­a­ble every time we put our art out there. Under­neath that hair is my soul, and it’s me, it’s mine.

The result is a set of gor­geous pho­tos that res­onate with the the­me of Taraji’s inter­view — truth and trans­paren­cy.

That’s how pow­er­ful art is. It can turn a hate­ful per­son into a lov­ing per­son. It can turn a racist into a per­son who loves. Art uncov­ers the truth. My dri­ving force is the truth. I want to breathe truth into every char­ac­ter no mat­ter how ugly or pret­ty, whether I agree with them or not. May­be God just put truth serum in my blood. I can’t lie. I have no mask. The truth will man­i­fest on my face.

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Don'tBSoNosey

All involved in this pho­to shoot are bril­liant, from the gor­geous corn­rows style by Kendra, to the pho­tog­ra­pher cre­at­ing mag­nif­i­cent themes with­in the pho­to shoot, and Tara­ji rock­ing it all!! Every­one made this hap­pen, and hope­ful­ly will start a long-last­ing trend of rock­ing nat­u­ral hair in all styles.

Miranda

Inter­est­ing­ly enough, a lot of AA who iden­ti­fy them­selves as black do not view Africans as black. Nor do a lot of Africans that I have spo­ken to iden­ti­fy them­selves as black. It seems as though in the city where I am from and the uni­ver­si­ty which I go to that incor­po­rates peo­ple from around the globe, black seems to be a term descrip­tive of main­ly AA.

TWA4now

I thought her braids were fin­ger waves until I looked HARD enough. She ROCKED IT!! Nice pho­to shoot!

AfroCapricornette
My dear, if in your cor­ner of Mama Africa, corn­rows are not a fin­ished look, then I can­not argue with you. In my cor­ner, they are…whether with west­ern or tra­di­tion­al attire. Yes, we’ve all fal­l­en vic­tim to West­ern stan­dards, not just in Africa but Asia. Go to India and see their bleach­ing prob­lem. Moth­ers encour­age their daugh­ters to do so to get hus­bands but I digress.  I wear corn­rows here in Amer­i­ca as a fin­ished look all the time, as well as my nat­u­ral hair in a kinky fro…and many Black wom­en in Amer­i­ca wear corn­rows too (regard­less of orig­in).… Read more »
Myllee

West Africa doesn’t rep­re­sent the whole Africa.

TWA4now

Wow, that’s the BEST thing you said thus far.

AfroCapricornette

May­be corn­rows are not seen as fin­ished in AA cul­ture so please state that and don’t lump all Black wom­en as the same. African wom­en since forever have worn, still wear and will con­tin­ue to wear corn­rows as fin­ished hairstyles…whether with west­ern or tra­di­tion­al attires. Only in Amer­i­ca I learnt corn­rows and Ban­tu knots (which are an AA term, btw) were not meant to be seen out­side the house smh.

Guest

Preach! It’s the slav­ery and col­o­niza­tion that has result­ed in this sit­u­a­tion where peo­ple think black hair­styles are just trendy not classy or clas­sic. It is up to us to free our­selves from this men­tal­ly. You still see black wom­en mak­ing fun of oth­er black wom­en with nat­u­ral hair. Smh.

Myllee

I think it’s more because they were sup­posed to add her weave/wig on it. There have been numer­ous Amer­i­can celebs wear­ing thus style on the red carpert. It has noth­ing to do with no being an out style.

Mary Burrell

You always speak the truth

fromanotherplanet
…but the writer is writ­ing a piece on an AA wom­an who stars in a pre­dom­i­nant­ly AA show shot in Amer­i­ca and airs on Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion. Clear­ly, AA cul­ture is the focal point here. Like, do you guys just find any rea­son to be out­raged? And let’s even take it to African cul­ture sis. I can accuse you of gen­er­al­iz­ing as well. I am also from “Africa” and in my cor­ner of Africa, corn­rows is NOT a fin­ished look. 99% of the wom­en have also been brain­washed by West­ern stan­dards of beau­ty and most wom­en rock lop­sid­ed wigs and the… Read more »
Naima Major Berry
Black wom­en choose to make the change. When we change our own minds about our own hair and oth­er non-white fea­tures, oth­ers will fol­low. It is “us” not “them.” Every neg­a­tive com­ment I have received about my chances based on my African looks has come from alleged black wom­en; the major­i­ty of the com­pli­ments about my nat­u­ral looks.… not so much from my own folk. Guess what? Who needs it? Who cares? The non­sense about cor­po­rate jobs, con­form or else, is just that, non­sense. Try some lit­i­ga­tion ladies. The prece­dents have already been set by black wom­en who had the… Read more »
MalikaiDragonSlayer

Not only is Tara­ji beau­ti­ful but those guys she was with…

Moi
Could you cor­rect “Although corn­rows have ancient roots in black cul­ture, they are still not com­mon­ly seen as a ‘fin­ished’ look on black wom­en,” to “although corn­rows have ancient roots in black cul­ture, they are still not com­mon­ly seen as a ‘fin­ished’ look on African Amer­i­can wom­en?” African wom­en do wear corn­rows, which we call weav­ing or the oth­er ver­sion didi, like that a lot.  I hope this isn’t seen as an “us ver­sus them” state­ment. It isn’t. I would hate for my com­ment to be tak­en as such, since I am tired of the divide. How­ev­er, your first state­ment isn’t… Read more »
fromanotherplanet
Which “Africa” is this that you peo­ple keep talk­ing about tho??? I was born and raised in West Africa and have trav­eled exten­sive­ly through­out the con­ti­nent and I am yet to see cor­po­rate and pro­fes­sion­al and famous African wom­en rock­ing ban­tu knots, afro puffs and corn­rows in a pro­fes­sion­al set­ting. Most rural wom­en wear corn­rows not because they are so “in love” with nat­u­ral hair but because of their low socio-eco­nom­ic sta­tus i.e lack of funds to main­tain and man­age relaxed hair. When the income lev­el goes up, the hair becomes more straight. And all of you Africans on this… Read more »
Moi
Could you cor­rect “Although corn­rows have ancient roots in black cul­ture, they are still not com­mon­ly seen as a ‘fin­ished’ look on black wom­en,” to “although corn­rows have ancient roots in black cul­ture, they are still not com­mon­ly seen as a ‘fin­ished’ look on African Amer­i­can wom­en?” Has African wom­en do wear corn­rows, which we call weav­ing or the oth­er ver­sion didi, like that a lot.  I hope this isn’t seen as a us ver­sus them state­ment. It isn’t. I would hate for my com­ment to be tak­en as such since I am tried of the divide. How­ev­er, your first state­ment… Read more »
BubblyBetty

The corn­rows are beau­ti­ful! No wig need­ed! GO Tara­ji!

TT

Yo in that last pic­ture she’s giv­ing me Diana Ross tease honey.…yassssss

Gretchen Ward Waller

Gor­geous pho­to shoot! I love Tara­ji!

JACKEY HM

I LOVE TARAJI AND I THINK SHE ALWAYS LOOKS GREAT. HER HAIR LOOKS REALLY BEAUTIFUL.

MiMiShell

She rocked it!

Saran

the last but one pic­ture though!

kaydenpat

Tara­ji always looks fierce. Love her!
While I don’t watch “Empire”, I’m so hap­py for her suc­cess.

Guest

Why oh why have we not fal­l­en in love with our nat­u­ral hair as a peo­ple at this point? The pho­tos are stun­ning and her hair braider did a great job.

Ministry101

How beau­ti­ful!

Claudette UK

Her cain­rows are gor­geous. How could she think oth­er­wise?

Miss Elisa K.

I love it.

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